Culture and Main, episode 60

Episode 60 (original airdate 5/8/14) Special Episode; Culture Hound Visits The Spoutwood Farm Fairy Festival

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Spoutwood Farm Center will offer writing in nature retreat June 14

If you've ever enjoyed a May Day or Mother Earth Fall Festival at Spoutwood, like the drum circle dancers in this file photo from one of last year's events, imagine how much fun June 14's poetry writing in nature retreat at the farm center will be. FILE -- Daily Record/Sunday News

If you’ve ever enjoyed a May Day or Mother Earth Fall Festival at Spoutwood, like the drum circle dancers in this file photo from one of last year’s events, imagine how much fun June 14′s poetry writing in nature retreat at the farm center will be. FILE — Daily Record/Sunday News

Morning yoga, nature walks, journal making and poetry writing — if that sounds like a great way to spend a summer day, then reserve yourself a spot in the Poetry in Nature Writing Retreat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14 at Spoutwood Farm Center, 4255 Pierceville Road, Glen Rock.

Carla Christopher, arts and cultural community liaison for York, host of Culture & Main and York’s fourth poet laureate, will lead poetry instruction workshops at scenic Spoutwood, a non-profit educational and agricultural learning center, according to a press release. Continue reading “Spoutwood Farm Center will offer writing in nature retreat June 14” »

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Culture and Main, episode 59

Episode 59 (original airdate 5/1/14) Music by Little Bird / Art by Peter Danko / Poetry by Julie Van Dyke

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American Life in Poetry No. 478

by Ted Kooser

Peter Everwine is a poet whose work I have admired for many years. Here is a poem about an experience many of us have shared. Everwine lives in California, but what happens in this poem happens every day in every corner of the world.

After the Funeral

We opened closets and bureau drawers
and packed away, in boxes, dresses and shoes,
the silk underthings still wrapped in tissue.
We sorted through cedar chests. We gathered
and set aside the keepsakes and the good silver
and brought up from the coal cellar
jars of tomato sauce, peppers, jellied fruit.
We dismantled, we took down from the walls,
we bundled and carted off and swept clean.
Goodbye, goodbye, we said, closing
the door behind us, going our separate ways
from the house we had emptied,
and which, in the coming days, we would fill
again and empty and try to fill again.

American Life in Poetry provides newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems. Poem reprinted by permission of Peter Everwine and the publisher. Introduction by Ted Kooser copyright © 2014 by The Poetry Foundation.

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Culture and Main, episode 58

Episode 58 (original airdate 4/24/14) A Celebration of National Poetry Month with poet-publisher, Michael Czarnecki / Harrisburg’s New Poet Laureate, Rick Kerns / York’s New Poet Laureate, Christine Lincoln

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Culture & Main, episode 57

Episode 57 of Culture & Main was a special one in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month.

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York’s poet laureate will launch women’s writing group May 19

Lincoln advises anyone who has experienced trauma to take up a daily writing practice for emotional wellbeing. Photo courtesy of Flickr user HaoJan Chang.

Lincoln advises anyone who has experienced trauma to take up a daily writing practice for emotional wellbeing. Photo courtesy of Flickr user HaoJan Chang.

Christine Lincoln, York’s poet laureate, will launch a writing group for women who have experienced trauma, and the first meeting will be 5 to 7 p.m. May 19 at The Community Progress Council (CPC) 226 E. College Ave., York.

According to Lincoln’s Facebook page, “The group is specifically designed as a safe place for women who have experienced trauma of any kind to rediscover their voices and creative confidence; however, all women who are interested in a supportive, loving writing group are welcome to attend. Fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction writers are embraced.”

I recently caught up with Lincoln to learn more about this project: Continue reading “York’s poet laureate will launch women’s writing group May 19” »

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Culture and Main, episode 56

Episode 56 (original airdate 4/10/14) Culture Hound; A Visit to Seven Valleys Winery / Art by David Pillete / Music by Red Eye

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Yorkfest adult literary competition now accepting your poem, prose entries

yorkfestThe annual Yorkfest celebration always includes a writing contest.

This year, YorkArts will be accepting your poems and prose until June 2.

According to the YorkArts website, the adult literary competition is open to anyone 18 years and older. Adults can submit in the following four categories: Adult poetry/short (maximum 20 lines), adult poetry/long (maximum 50 lines), adult non-fiction prose (maximum 2,500 words) and adult fiction prose (maximum 2,500 words). There is a $5 entry fee for each work submitted.

Download the official entry form here. Entries must be received by 2 p.m. on June 2.

According to a press release, ribbons will be awarded for first, second and third place in each category. First-place winners will be featured in a limited edition anthology, and will receive five complimentary copies. An awards ceremony will take place 7 p.m. August 22 at YorkArts, 10 N. Beaver St., York.

For more information, visit www.yorkarts.org.

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American Life in Poetry No. 477

by Ted Kooser

When a poem has a strong story to tell, the simplest and most direct language is often the best choice because the poet may not want literary effects to get in the way of the message. Here’s a good example of straightforward language used to maximum effectiveness by Jeanie Greensfelder, who lives in California.

Sixth Grade

We didn’t like each other,
but Lynn’s mother had died,
and my father had died.

Lynn’s father didn’t know how to talk to her,
my mother didn’t know how to talk to me,
and Lynn and I didn’t know how to talk either.

A secret game drew us close:
we took turns being the prisoner,
who stood, hands held behind her back,

while the captor, using an imaginary bow,
shot arrow after arrow after arrow
into the prisoner’s heart.

American Life in Poetry provides newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems. Poem reprinted by permission of Jeanie Greensfelder and the publisher. Introduction by Ted Kooser copyright © 2014 by The Poetry Foundation.

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